From the Office of Weak Sauce Management:
Your Elite 8 Scoring Update

As we mentioned after the Round 2 update, our scoring rules this year did absolutely nothing to discourage most of you from submitting chalky brackets. And while we’ll do a deep dive after all the dancing is done, right now there’s a simple piece of evidence that strongly supports the notion that March Madness pools everywhere are plagued by herd mentality: the frequency of teams in our challenge selected to win the championship.

Team Seed Frequency
North Carolina 1 11
Gonzaga 1 10
Kansas 1 10
Villanova 1 8
Oregon 3 7
Kentucky 2 6
Duke 2 5
Arizona 2 4
Team Seed Frequency
Michigan 7 2
Maryland 6 1
Notre Dame 5 1
Cincinatti 6 1
Creighton 6 1
Virginia Tech 9 1
Florida 4 1
Marquette 10 1

Yes, 39 of our 70 brackets chose 1 seeds, and fully 61 brackets waded no deeper than a 3 seed.

In a sense, I get it.  Even if you picked Rhode Island for the first round upset, you’d have to be insane to have them in the Final Four.  But the thing is, the championship picks are indicative of the tone of our 4,410 overall picks; most people shaded towards higher seeds most of the time.

And then there’s this: Assuming a top-seeded team wins the championship, a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation reveals that it’s unlikely to be worth more than 25 points total.  At the other end of the spectrum, Xavier is worth 34 points and South Carolina is worth 48 points right now.

This is not to say that it’s easier to find teams that will go on an unanticipated tear.  To the contrary, the cumulative probabilities imply that it’s more difficult. But there are two high-point mid-seeded teams, and there will be only one champion.

Still, very few people went looking for Cinderellas, for we are a nothing if not subject to the herd.

And now, on to the scoreboard:

Final Rank Name Points
1 colonel717 80.48
2 0761fabera 76.71
3 bshibe 76.63
4 DavefromBarrie 68.18
5 Purvinator 65.71
6 etfmike 65.04
7 mike.king 61.30
8 PatBolland 58.77
9 Hinch 56.71
10 MrsBrick 56.50
11 Mwkohler 56.26
12 mackchiu 50.53
13 acmeinvest 50.21
14 geoff313 49.36
15 DCSorley 49.16
16 jd1218 48.33
17 archer 47.89
18 Dragana 47.51
19 trentd 47.16
20 baylasdad 46.97
21 Oilerman44 46.63
22 glaschowski 45.44
23 snadkarni 44.69
Final Rank Name Points
24 Sallese 44.56
25 mlederman 44.35
26 Nick1 43.96
27 MCCRINDELL 43.29
28 eharari 43.13
29 bigdawg24 42.92
30 PunterJP 42.78
31 MrDuMass 42.66
32 jwood3010 42.63
33 HungryHungryHippos 42.43
34 bviveiros 42.35
35 CBurnell 42.04
36 shawkins 41.99
37 Pvolpe 41.84
38 CMRAM 41.67
39 Fenders10 41.60
40 cotts23 41.57
41 les sherman 41.44
42 teamcatherine 41.28
43 ukbsktbll 40.82
44 csorley1 40.75
45 RCMAlts 40.45
46 pkatevatis 40.16
47 KPeg15 39.96
Final Rank Name Points
48 Crawling Chaos 39.19
49 Walkush 39.19
50 Mnoack 38.60
51 TheHotDogVendor 38.51
52 mySphere 38.45
53 jcrich 37.32
54 Prewbee 37.05
55 CANESPEED 36.64
56 mattzerker 36.61
57 sjsviak 36.41
58 Jgunter742 36.26
59 brianm317 35.67
60 robbiep 35.66
61 brennantim 35.29
62 jmkeil 34.89
63 scott.pountney 34.56
64 cosggg 28.99
65 Benc100 28.30
66 resolvetest 27.95
67 LDB 27.78
68 Cozzsmack 23.09
69 DanAdams 19.80
70 Dead-Brick 19.80